If you are just beginning to surf, it is important that you understand some basic aspects to properly play this sport.

Surf is a sport requiring training and perseverance. In this sense, the chances of making mistakes at the beginning are very high and it is usually very frustrating. Thus, feeling like learning is essential.

Then, another suggestion is that you begin to surf using an appropriate board. This means: good flotation, balance and manoeuvrability. Buying second-hand boards is not recommended and it always ideal that the board has been built for your parameters and needs.

The sea is another element to take into account. Practicing on calm days is recommended, knowing what is on the bottom of the sea (sand is ideal) and less populated places.

First steps are: rowing, practicing how to sit on the board and lying on it. Then, to begin to play with the waves, choosing small waves and staying on foam zone is ideal and from there, rowing, letting the wave drive you. The purpose of this exercise is that you become used to distances, times and mostly basic board driving. The reactions you may be having determine the surfing success.

The third step is, of course, stand up on the board. The idea is to do it at once, falling with the feet symmetrically together so that you can drive the board and at the same time you keep your balance. If you kneel or put one foot first, it is very likely that you fall into the water.

After having a good command of this (it is the most difficult part), you can begin to follow the above mentioned steps. Going slowly and from the simple to the complex is essential.

For this stage, as well as for the previous ones, attending classes is recommended. These steps and stages are full of tips that could make your job easier. Some of them are:

Never grab the rails when running the wave, but lie flatly over the board.

When lying on the board, the idea is to keep the flotation and symmetry axle the way the board when there is nobody resting on it. It is the ideal position on the board.

When sitting up, do no try to stand up right, but leaning and tilting slightly forward.

Warming up before surfing is recommended, to avoid injuries and tears.

When beginning to practice, surfing on rocky or coral bottoms is not advisable.

Try to follow the surf “traffic rules”, yielding the way if somebody is catching a wave.

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